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Name of Library: Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive

Address: 15 Moy Road, Armagh, Co. Armagh, N. Ireland BT61 7LY

Town: Armagh

Telephone: 028 37522981

Fax: 028 37511944

E-mail: eolas@ofiaich.ie

Website: http://www.ofiaich.ie

Alternative names



Cronan O Doibhlin

Job Title


Purpose and main user community of the library

Independent public reference library and trust, academic and general public

Terms of access

Archive collections strictly by appointment only. Letter of introduction necessary

Opening hours

M-F 09.30-13.00, 14.00-17.00

Disabled access

The library has disabled access and facilities



Reference only



Periodicals - Back Issues


Current Periodicals




Volumes added per year



Patrician studies; early Irish Church; Irish saints; Irish Church in Europe; Armagh diocesan

history; the Irish colleges in Europe

Special Collections

Armagh diocesan archives 1787-1963 - the papers of Cardinals and Archbishops of Armagh;

Armagh diocesan parish collections; overseas archive relating to Irish diaspora in continental

Europe (250,000 documents); Gaelic manuscript collection (mostly C18,19. From S.E.Ulster

and includes religious material).


Gaelic manuscript collection (mostly C18,19 from S.E. Ulster and includes religious material)

as follows:

Lámhscríbhinní na sagart Ó Muirí agus Ó Fiaich F1-2, MF1-14. See "Ls Gaelige Choláiste

Phádraig Má Nuad Fasc. VI" lch 108-134.

Lámhscríbhinní Choláiste Phádraig, Ard Mhacha DON 1-3, 6-8, 9-14, LAV 12, 15. See "Clár

Lámhscríbhinní Gaelige: Leabharlanna na cléire agus mionchnuasaigh" Fasc. II lch 1-26, and

"Na Lámmhscríbhinní caillte" in "Seanchas Ard Mhacha" vol. 18 (1) (1999-2000) lch 117-133

Research resource

Early Irish church; Irish Church in Europe, Irish Catholic Church records

Catalogue Type

OPAC for print collection; calendar for diocesan archives

URL of catalogue


Other facilities

Photocopying, Internet access

Full Time Staff 1

Part Time Staff

Voluntary Staff 1

Future plans

The archive of Cardinal William Conway (1913-1977) will be available for public consultation in



The Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich Memorial Library and Archive is a unique cultural and historical

resource located in the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, Armagh. The library is a free,

independent public reference library which houses important collections relating to Irish

history, the Irish language, ecclesiastical history, the Irish abroad and Irish sport.

The Library was officially opened in May 1999 after a 7 year fund raising effort and with the

assistance of a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The books and papers of the

Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich (1923-1990) form the nucleus of the Library and Archive collections,

and it is the objective of the library to develop and promote the specialist cultural and academic

interests favoured by the late Cardinal.

The Library is also the location for an extensive programme of events, conferences, seminars

and public occasions.

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